It's all about the teachers

While I’m on the subject of teachers, here are a couple of recent eye-opening and thoroughly depressing stories from the teachers’ PR firm, Radio NZei.

The last line of the first story sums things up perfectly. Principals are unhappy the Government is focusing on getting kids into jobs through trades academies, rather than continuing to chuck money at schools which aren’t doing the business.

Secondary schools principals unhappy

Principals are unhappy with the impact of a funding change on some secondary schools.

Radio New Zealand‘s education correspondent says this year the Government is recalculating funding for schools every three months. The move is expected to save up to $6 million per year.

It says it is too early to know the effect of the change, but some principals say it is proving to be mean-spirited

They say schools cannot afford to lose the money and additional roll counts are adding to their workload.

The principals say the new system punishes them for initiatives that help students find jobs and apprenticeships.

The second story says teachers are tired because they had to wait just a little while longer for their long holidays. Boo-hoo.

Teachers and children tired by long school terms

Some teachers say learning is suffering as they and their pupils near the end of an unusually long first half to their school year.

School terms were reorganised around the dates for the Rugby World Cup, with two more weeks of teaching in the first half of the year.

The change means schools do not begin their winter holiday until Friday 15 July, but some teachers and principals doubt much quality learning will happen, because students are tired.

Post Primary Teachers’ Association official Julia Davidson says schools are worried about the the fourth term.

“I think that’s the biggest concern, we’ll have kids back at school for two weeks and then they’ll go to NCEA exams.”

The fourth term will be two weeks shorter than normal and primary and secondary teachers say they will have to squeeze a lot into that time.

Cry me a river of tears. Teachers only ever think about themselves and especially the union organisers of this mob. If I was education minister I would go all Chris Christie on their miserable lives.


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  • gazzaw

    Cam, I would be interested to know via your sources exactly what proportion of teachers actually belong to the union. I have several teaching acquaintances none of whom belong to the union and the schools that they teach at have very few union members. The PPTA’s & NZEI’s views are wildly out of synch with those of my mates who far from being concerned about the shortness of the fourth term have adjusted their schedules without any problem. Could it be that the PPTA & NZEI are just as out of touch with the real world as it affects teachers as other unions are with their relative industries.

  • becn

    I think you’ve got the first one Rs-about-Face. They seem to be moaning that the Govt is penalizing the schools for the SCHOOLS effort to get kids into apprenticeships. But tough – if the kid is in an apprenticeship then they are no longer in school so why should the school be funded for them. There’s also the possibility that the kid is somewhere that the govt IS subsidizing (do they subsidies apprenticeships?) so letting funding continue in schools would be double-funding the kid.

    *BUT* they are not wrong. And it’s something that’s worth watching. I always get nervous when I see some way that metrics & rewards can encourage bad behavior.

    If the top article is right – then there is a DIS-incentive for schools to get kids into apprenticeships and there is an incentive for a school to keep a kid that everyone knows would be better out of the school – and by everyone I mean the kid, their family and the school itself.

    The govt sets the rules, everyone else plays the game. Watch out for schools to game this one to the detriment of students.

  • Doc

    Can anyone ever remember being tired at the end of term when at school?
    I can always remember looking forward to holidays but not being tired, and that was with 3 longer terms a year.
    Surely what they really mean is that the teachers are getting tired and this will impact on student learning!

  • peterwn

    One teacher I have known for years had little time for NZEI but was a member in case she got embroiled in a false complaints or similar situation.

  • It appears I am not the only commenter moved to question the broad-brush condemnation of teachers we get around the right wing blogs. I live with one, have at least half a dozen as friends, and none of the union matters are actually in their lives. As usual, the militant ones are few and far between but punch above their weigh in terms of noise.

    Incidentally I discovered one of my friends reads KiwiBlog and Cactus, so I said, “oh, what about Whale?”. “A bit too hard to read I find”, she said, “especially because *all* teachers are scum on most right wing blogs, and on Whale’s more so.”.

    I suggested that she’d try WhaleOil again as it breaks real news instead of masticates that which others create, and now you do this to me!


    Seriously, militant teachers/principals and teachers unions DOES NOT EQUAL the whole teaching profession.

  • Dammit – the last line had a “does not equal” sign in it, and it got stripped as html. Now it makes not sense at all.

    (slamming cups on table in unison – EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! EDIT! )

    SHould have read

    Seri­ously, mil­i­tant teachers/principals and teach­er unions DOES NOT EQUAL the whole teach­ing profession.